Problems We Solve
Disease, crop infestation and pollution are age-old threats that are rising rapidly. To keep pace, new solutions are needed fast. Incredibly, many of the solutions can be found right beneath our feet – in the soil.
Microbes already have proven potential to save crops, kill pests, reduce disease and even break down waste, like plastic.
Millions of microbes, each with their own distinct capabilities and characteristics, can live in just a teaspoon of soil. With over 1 trillion species of microbes on the planet, only about 1 in a million have been described. The Pluton team discovers new microbial solutions quickly, creating new bioproduct leads for the agriculture, pesticides, bioremediation, energy, and pharmaceutical industries.
Pluton’s team of scientists and engineers discovered several previously unknown larvicidal bacteria that can kill the number one threat to mankind, the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti mosquito. Mosquitoes kill roughly 725,000 people each year throughout the world by spreading blood-borne diseases and viruses such as dengue, Zika and yellow fever at an unparalleled rate. With high rates of resistance to many current pesticides and only 30 microbes being used in biopesticides today, the world needs novel, next-generation solutions to control this threat and many others.